August 12, 2013

Being Redirected

Don’t be surprised when pain and suffering come your way. It is just part of life down here on this earth and everyone goes through it. Sometimes we think if we’re going through a tough time, we must be out of God’s will. If we’re going through pain and suffering and problems, we must be doing something wrong. But the Bible says you can be right in the middle of God’s will and go through suffering.

“Don’t be surprised at the painful trials you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you…those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:12, 19 (NIV).

God often uses problems to point us in a new direction since problems never leave us where they found us. 2 Corinthians 7 says, “I am glad, not because it hurt you, but because the pain turned you to God.” We see so many examples of this in scripture. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, was falsely accused, and put in prison. He may have asked God, “Why? I’m doing all these things right. Why?” He was in the middle of God’s will. God used the problems to position him to eventually be second in command in all of Egypt. This position allowed him to save the people of Israel from extinction and to save the nation of Egypt from famine. That is why when his brothers came back to him at the end of it all, Joseph could say to them, “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good. God wanted to redirect me.” I can tell you, there may be people who intend to harm you. There are people in this sin-sick world who will stab you in the back, who will hurt you, and who intend to bring evil on you, but God can take that and turn it into good. God uses problems to redirect me, so instead of asking God, “Why” I can ask Him, “Where are you leading me?”